Product Name: Autoblog Samurai
Product Owner: Paul Ponna, Sidd Ponna & Brittney
Price: $77 + $37/month
What is it?
Autoblogging software designed to automate the entire process of developing and running a blog.
While Autoblog Samurai may well create an automatically updating blog for users, the quality of this blog is a whole different story. Like most autoblogging software, Autoblog Samurai ends up creating sites that are unlikely to rank, uninteresting to readers and very unlikely to actually make any sales. Realistically, all Autoblog Samurai really does is reinforce why manually created sites are so much better than anything made automatically.
Before You Buy
It isn’t clear from most of the sales pitch for this product, but it is not a one-time fee. Instead, the product costs $77 and there is a $37 monthly fee, which you are automatically signed up for when you purchase the product. There is very little indication on the site about what the monthly fee actually pays for and what you are left with if you cancel it. Be careful of this when it comes to buying the product.
What I Liked
I’ll be honest, I did like the way that the autoblog created sites quickly, which could be useful if you had a reason to turn around a large number of blogs. However honestly, I can think of very few applications for this approach. It also isn’t worth the price of the entire product just to get that one feature.
What I Didn’t Like
There are a lot of things about this product and the video that simply don’t make sense and they are seriously misleading. For example, the entire emphasis is on having a blog and blogging, even though the product is actually focused on making money through websites in general.
These days, the distinction between having a blog and a website is pretty much nonexistent, but Autoblog Samurai seems to be picking this language to make itself distinct from internet marketing and affiliate marketing.
In fact, when the video is suggesting that you don’t need your own website, it is suggesting that you use the free blog hosting services, like WordPress.com and Blogger. These might work for the casual blogger, but for anyone wanting to make long-term income they are really not effective.
Not only are they hard to rank, but you end up having your website under the control of a large company – which is never desirable.
One of the other things that the video for Autoblog Samurai talks about is making money online through a blog without having to stay up-to-date. This simply isn’t true. The way that search engines change their algorithms means that an approach that works at one point in time might not work at another.
Overall, there is a whole lot of sales pitches and rhetoric on the sales page, but none of it suggests that this is a product worth buying. For me the sales page sets off a ton of red flags, particularly as the authors of the page didn’t even bother to make sure their copy is all correct to start off with.
If the authors can’t even get their sales page right, do you really think the content the software provides is going to be very good?
Any product promoting automatic approaches to money generation is something you should consider with care. After all, the concept of being able to make money with little to no work sounds too good to be true – largely because it is. I can tell you right now that any software that offers you free automated content is going to give you poor quality content and that content is unlikely to be unique.
So, basically what this product does is builds users websites using this automatic content. These websites then contain the user’s affiliate link, so if anyone buys the product, you end up earning money from sales.
Assuming you get any that is.
This type of software uses approaches like scraping and article spinning to take information that is already online and present it as something new. Even very good pieces of software can’t do this very well because the process relies on a computer algorithm, and you aren’t trying to sell products to computers.
In fact, any form of automated content development doesn’t work well in 2014 at all. Google has changed its algorithm to pick up this type of thing, so many of these types of websites won’t even rank.
Even if you could get your website ranked, it really wouldn’t do a lot of good. Making money from website involves getting conversions, which means that you have to convince people to do something and you really need to have them engaged in your site to start off with. If your site isn’t interesting, that simply isn’t going to happen.
I mean – readers aren’t stupid. They read content that they are interested in and that they find engaging. Spun content just isn’t like that. Most of the time, content like that doesn’t even make sense.
In the case of Autoblog Samurai, it looks like the content is being obtained by taking content from other sites that is written in other languages. That information is then fed into Google Translate. As strategies go, that is one of the worst I’ve heard of. After all, have you ever played the game where you translate phrases back and forth? Most of the time they don’t end up sounding anything like what they are supposed to.
Additionally, the whole concept here is an automated system. This means that there is no guarantee that the content will be relevant to your site at all. Many products require you to go back and manually fix things before your site even makes sense (like P1 Traffic Machine). Honestly, if you have to do that, why even bother with an automated approach at all.
So, this entire approach gives you low quality content, that won’t rank and won’t get conversions. It’s not exactly a good setup for making money, and at $77 it’s not exactly a cheap investment either.
At the end of the day, any website that software generates will be inferior to a site made by a person. Given your website will be competing against ones that people have made, you really don’t want that disadvantage.
Other Product Components
The product does offer some other bonuses, most of which are as heavily hyped as the product itself. For example, one bonus is templates for WordPress. However, there really is nothing special about the blogs chosen, and personally, I would look for a theme that is designed and distributed by a company with some reputation in the industry.
The product does offer some training, but much of it is outdated. I’ve managed to find reviews and questions about Autoblog Samurai going all the way back to 2010.
Things that worked in 2010 simply don’t work now, including the concept of ranking through spun content. This means that most of the training on backlinks and traffic generation are more than three years out of date. In the internet marketing field this is as bad as being 20 years out of date.
This means that the training offered could damage your ability to rank a website rather than teaching you anything useful at all.
Shortcuts sound nice, but they aren’t realistic. With any blog and any website you are competing against real people who take the time to make their own blogs and their own content. There is simply no way you can compete with these types of websites with something that is automated.
Making money online really does involve taking the time to learn what you are doing and to learn how to succeed. While the length of time it takes might be frustrating, you end up with a solid understanding of the field and a business model that you can continue to grow and develop and that doesn’t rely on tricks or manipulation.
Even though it can seem difficult you can get a boost in learning how to be successful online by using a training site, particularly if you choose one that offers community support. My personal recommendation is the training program where I learned internet marketing, and this really is a fantastic place for training, regardless of your level of skill or experience.